1st and 2nd Unitarian Churches of Omaha’s
Afghan Refugee Project
That you desperately needed to leave the United States and go to a strange country for your survival. You must leave quickly and can take only one suitcase. Family members are left behind – your mother, father, brothers, or sisters.
If you can picture and feel these things in imagination, then you have a brief idea of what Omaha area Afghan Refugee families are facing.
Afghan Refugee Project: A NOTE OF THANKS!
With sincere appreciation for all of the help extended by members of First and
Second Unitarian Church and friends that heard there was a family in need,
our Afghan family's father, Hamid Zaher, asked to share a few thoughts:
Throughout our lives, we sometimes make friends who are the reasons for our
happiness and the partners of our sorrow. How pretty it is interpreted that clouds
rest on the sky, trees flourish on the ground and humans rely on each other's
kindness. My dear friends from First UU and Second UU! Not only your generosity
and support, but also the love you share saves us of suffering from our bitter
experiences. I see my children and my sister begin dreaming for a peaceful future.
This gives us, the parents, a sense of healing and strength. We are happy and you
are the reason for our happiness. Thank you and may Allah, the Almighty bless you.
First and Second Unitarian Churches of Omaha have come together to Co-Sponsor an Afghan Refugee Family under the guidance of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. JoAnne Draper & Michaela Weiss from 2nd Church and John Mangini & Barb Herring from 1st Church volunteered to act as co-chairs.
Email the team at
In co-sponsoring an Afghan Refugee Family,
we have agreed to:
Furnish the family’s new home / apartment
Participate in a one-day household set up
Purchase culturally appropriate groceries
Meet the family at the airport and share their first hot meal in Omaha
Commit to visiting the family at least once a week for 3-6 months
A small group of people to act as their Mentors.
Ways to help
Below we have listed several ways to become involved with the Project
Quick and Easy:
Donate Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Goodwill, Big Lots, Grocery Stores...)
Donate Gently Used Furniture and Kitchen Household goods
Donate a 10 Ride Bus Pass
Donate a Roll of Quarters
Donate Money to help buy New Mattress, New Linens and Items to help complete our list of Household Needs
CLICK HERE to donate gently used items or bus passes.
CLICK HERE to give a monetary donation.
Drop in Opportunities:
Help with shopping for household and grocery items
Help with gathering household goods
Help setting up the Family’s new home
Help picking up, transporting and delivering furniture
CLICK HERE to volunteer.
Items Needed to Set Up a Refugee Household
We are collecting household items and furniture.
To see an updated list of what is needed, please click here.
We cannot accept: Recliner Sofas, Waterbeds or King Size Beds, Decorations/Knick-Knacks, Broken or Incomplete Items, Stained or Unwashed Items.